This is my newest painting titled Rocky Point , P.E.I. If you travel down about two minutes you would be at the Rocky Point Wharf (which I will be painting too) that is caved in now and inhabited by large numbers of cormorants. The islanders had stopped using that wharf when the one was built across the bay at Charlottetown. The trees are Linden trees , not spelled the same way as my name, and I only discovered what they were a few weeks after I started the painting. You can see how my painting is maturing and I hope you enjoy the new work. I am on Facebook, Linkedin and instagram as Lynden Cowan Visual Artist. Feel free to share.
So this is starting off as a good year. Hopefully it continues ( I was one of the 41 selected for the VAM's prestigious 41st Annual Juried show (always a tough one to get into ).. and now this.
Pleased to say I was selected as one of the few Finalists for the Circle Foundation's International Artist of the Year competition with my painting Ucluelet. They selected 1st,2nd and 3rd, and I was not one of them, but am content . The competition was open to all artists, world wide and had 863 artists enter.
The Circle Foundation added some comments of my work from their jurors...
"Your painting is really unique and has many recognizable qualities, which is an important characteristic in an artist's practice and career.
Ucluelet really stood out and I hope we can feature it soon in our magazines or online gallery."
:D Back to the easel ...
It has always been a challenge to get juried in to the Visual Art’s Mississauga exhibition, so I am really happy to be selected as one of the 41 artists chosen for this important art exhibition. Maybe I will see you there. :)
Article in the Orangeville Citizen Dec 21/2018.
A minor point, Joanne has her own studio, the third studio mate is actually Charlene Nickels. But nice write up. :)
By Constance Scrafield
What is wonderful about the Alton Mill Arts Centre in Alton is being able to meet the artists whose work is on display either in the Centre or/and in their own studios. A person can meet them, talk to them about their work and, in many cases, attend their workshops.
Sunday afternoon seemed a good time to get to know at least a few of the artists who have their studios located upstairs at the Mill. So, we popped into the office to say hello to Pearl Schachter, manager of marketing, and went with her upstairs to meet Karen Brown, the most recently installed of the artists, and the new co-owner of The Hive, the Encaustic studio.
“Encaustic is an ancient beeswax based paint which is applied and heated to create rich layers of unique depth and luminosity,” says the studio’s hand out card.
Encaustic artist Karen Brown was happy to elaborate about the art form and why she and Kim Kool, another encaustic artist, have taken over the studio.
“Andrea and Dan were here for eight or nine years,” she began. “When they said they were closing the encaustic studio [for personal reasons], the community panicked. I had been doing mobile workshops and liked the idea of being settled in a studio and Kim had been mobile too. So, I called her and asked her, ‘What you think about taking it over ?’ I couldn’t handle it on my own and she didn’t say no right away.”
They opened the studio, now under their auspices, on October 1 with a good take on workshops: “We want to keep the essence of the Hive, although Andrea and Dan did more technique. Kim and I are offering workshops for beginners where they get to go home with a piece in wax. We do photos in encaustic which is really popular.”
Here is how that works: “You send me a photo over email and I print it on hand-made paper. Then, in the workshop, you put your photo into an encaustic painting. There are some beautiful and unique results.”
As well, she said, “We do advanced classes; we let people come and use our stuff and charge for it by the hour. They like it because it’s hard to have all this in your home. Encaustic means using heat with the beeswax.”
Naturally, they have their our own original paintings for sale too.
“People love the encaustic,” said Ms. Brown. “We’re going to be fine here.”
Relatively new to the Alton Mill is Sherry Park, portrait artist in oils, primarily, while she also does watercolour paintings of nature and flowers.
“I’ve been here since March,” she informed us. “I went to OCAD University (formerly Ontario College of Art and Design) to study painting and visual arts for four years. I painted in Florence (Italy) for a year as part of the course. I still go to a portrait sessions at a studio in Brampton. You can go and just sit in on the sessions to paint the models.”
As we looked at her quite interesting approach to faces, she went on, “I started painting when I was five years old. After OCAD, I did pharmaceutical technology and I have been doing that for 15 years. I’m still doing that work. It gives me good balance. At work, there’s lots of interaction with people. Then, painting is creative and you work alone. It’s very engaging.”
In a studio big enough for three artists, Lynden Cowan, Robert Chisholm and Joanne Lomas display their work and create more. It is, at once, a busy and a calm place to visit.
Ms. Cowan has a list of commendations and awards that have seen her work displayed in London, England with the Viva Canada and, in association with the Circle Foundation, to Lyons in France, which pleased her very much.
She and eight other artists have formed their own group, Southern Ontario Visual Artists (SOVA), doing four shows a year only. Beside those, they each participate in other shows throughout the year. Three of them travelled together to the Maritimes to enjoy the inspiration other scenes could offer.
Ms. Cowan’s style loves the detail of nature, which she reflects in imposing paintings, with boldness and rich colours, not straying particularly from nature’s own choices. Her paintings offer a challenge to the viewer to see into her detail and, perhaps, wish to be there.
Mr. Chisholm’s, SOVA, works are primarily long landscapes, tending to big paintings and he was working on one while we were there. It was, as he told us, by the rail junction at the Tim Hortons on the west end of Orangeville.
Across the hall is Margaret Sarah Pardy, another Alton Mill member of SOVA, who discovered a few years ago the art of black painting, as it were. In her case, she buys hard boards, painted stark white and, then, covered in black, perfect for scratching out art. Fabulous.
She has a tool with five little needles or pins bonded together and installed in a small holder, which she uses, holding it this way and that, to make different strokes and angles. Some of her pictures are straight white on black; some, she involves colour into the white, once she has etched out the details of the figures.
Wildlife dominates Ms. Pardy’s work and she travels the country to observe them, especially in animal sanctuaries, and continues to engage in workshops with eminent Canadian wildlife artists.
One of her paintings is going to be installed in the Ontario parliament buildings at Queen’s Park next year. She is quite excited about that. This year, she was also accepted into the Ontario Society of Artists.
Our next studio-of-call was the office/studio of Margi Taylor-Self, the longest-term artist’s studio at the Alton Mill, at 15 years. Ms. Taylor-Self loves the Alton Mill.
Says she, “We were here before the Arts Centre was official. It’s just everything: so much inspiration. Some mix of quiet time to work and then there’s interaction with the public and other artists.”
Ms. Taylor-Self handles the leasing side of the Mill’s affairs and is looking for the right person to lease a corner studio; could be someone who does visual art that is not painting.
The main floor of the Alton Mill is given over to artisans and galleries. For longevity at the Mill, after Margi Taylor-Self, Anne Marie Warburton with her Gallery Gemma has been there the longest. Ms. Warburton’s space is a glamorous jewellery gallery, offering her work and that of selected jewellery designers from around the world. Ms. Warburton decided mid-career to re-invent herself. She abandoned her sales work and went back to school to study making jewellery at a very high end with precious metals and fine gems; she went back to school to also study jewellery as a business.
For this Christmas season, Gallery Gemma is open Monday, Christmas Eve, using the smaller entrance into the Alton Mill, as the rest of the Mill will be closed that day.
The new Rare Threads gallery, as it were, a beautiful space running adjacent to Gallery Gemma, will also be open Christmas Eve.
Over this coming weekend, as every weekend, Alton Mill, Headwaters Gallery, Noodle Gallery, the artists’ studios upstairs and Mark Grice downstairs are all open from today, Thursday, through to Sunday.
Anne Marie Warburton commented on her extra opening hours, “When men want to shop, they don’t look up our website, they just drive here and show up. What would be a better Christmas present than something hand-made?”
For a full list of artists, artisans and galleries, check the websitewww.altonmill.ca
Been a whirlwind of days.
Picked up my artwork from The Colour and Form juried show when it finished at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, and packed artwork in the studio that was delivered for the Southern Ontario Visual Artists exhibition at the Artusiasm Gallery on St. Clair in Toronto.
Seven of the nine SOVA artists were exhibiting in this gallery, and it was the last of our four SOVA shows for 2018. Several are booked for 2019, so I need to keep the painting hours up.
As well as being one of the SOVA artists in the Artusiasm Gallery exhibition,I am happy to announce that my painting "Gully" has been selected for the VAM's 41st Annual Juried Exhibition, which will be at the Art Gallery of Mississauga .
This exhibition begins in January,and continues to March 16, with the opening reception Thursday, January 10,2019 from 6 to 8 pm. They had 230 entries and selected 41.
I am also Happy to say that my painting Mackerel Sky won a Special Recognition Award in the Light,Space and Time 8th Annual Seascapes Competition 2018 . There were 561 entries from 22 Countries.
I am also Happy to say that my painting Mackerel Sky won a Special Recognition Award in the Light,Space and Time 8th Annual Seascapes Competition 2018 . There were 561 entries from 22 Countries.
This time of year is also very busy in the studio in Alton Mill.
Back to the easel.
Happy that I was notified this week that one of my new paintings "The Sunbathers" Won a Special Merit Award . Was congratulated today by the Light/Space/Time gallery that I won a Special Merit Award in their Nature Competition.
They had 742 entries from 22 countries.
Here is a Link to the Nature exhibition,
The Light/Space/Time Gallery also released a you tube video. My Sunbathers painting is at about 2:53 seconds .
They had 742 entries from 22 countries and gave 65 Special Merit awards.
Here is the Link :)
Was published today in issue 11 of SPOTLIGHT Magazine by the Circle Foundation. This comes as an e-magazine with which you can share with your friends if you wish, or you may order a regular printed magazine
Enjoy :) Feel free to share the e-magazine with friends and professionals in your network by email or social media.
The online magazine is here:
or you can order a regular magazine.
How to order printed magazine?
Back to the Easel,
Been very busy working away in my studio. First off, pleased to say that my painting “UCLUELET” was selected for the Colour and Form Society 66th Open Juried Exhibition.
This exhibition will take place from November 1st to November 29th, at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, with an opening reception on Sunday November 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm.
The Circle Foundation from Lyon, France has published a video of some of their Contemporary Artists, and I am at about the 3 minute, 40 second mark. Here’s a Link :D
As well I am in their Artists to Watch section, and their newest Spotlight Magazine is off to the publisher right now, and I have been included.This is an International magazine that tell the story of what art looks like today, printed in Europe. Available to read online for free.
I have just completed two paintings . First one is “The Sunbathers”, 8 by 10 inches, oil on canvas. Here you see close friends basking in the afternoon sunlight in their pond.
The second completed painting is “Meshed”, which is a scene from the old woods on the family homestead in Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia.The trees have withstood the harsh elements at Davidson Point and seem to have meshed together with their branches for support. The painting is a 16 by 20 inch oil painting.
Both paintings are SOLD.
Currently I have three paintings “On the Easel “ that I am working on. They are in different stages, and of course, not all on the easel at once, just shown here so you have an idea of what the next ones will be. There are several more planned out, but I like to just concentrate on three main canvases at one time. When one gets completed, another begins its journey.
Back to the easel.
Very happy to say that I was contacted by the Circle Foundation of the Arts to see if I would like to join them.
Apparently when the Circle Foundation of the Arts gives you an invitation to check them out , because they like your work, it is still a very stringent, jury process that you go through , before they decide if you are worthy. They look at your website, your CV, and several of your paintings, with a panel deciding about you.
About The Foundation ( from their website)
Our office is located in Lyon, France but we function as an international organization, currently representing over 300 artists in our online gallery. Circle Foundation is a platform for the active artist, orchestrating the development of a variety of visual arts projects. Our goal is to provide a stage for the remarkable visual artist, who can use this platform to publish, exhibit, win grants and awards, boost their resume and become established within a notable network.
soooo, yes... interested, and went through the jury process.
Part of the confirmation , I received...... .
We have looked at your website and it is a pleasure to inform you that you have been accepted to become a CFA Affiliate Artist.
The 5 images selected for your CFA presentation are:
1 FORKS of the CREDIT
3 The Wetlands
5 Arrowhead Rockery
They will also be publishing about me in their magazines, and include me in the videos they make for art collectors, and gallery alliances.
They sell internationally and I am interested in the exhibitions as well.
So, now I will try out this International relationship for the next year, and see what adventures it brings.
Looking forward to this.
Lynden .....Circle Foundation of the Arts... Artist :)
In the last two weeks of August I flew off to Ireland, which was my first time there, accompanied by my husband and daughter. The scenery was lovely, and the places to explore were wonderful. We even found the remnants of the homesteads for both sides of the families, from where our great,great,great,great great grandparents had lived long ago, and we took lots of photos. The old stone fences from way back then are still in the same boundary positions as they were never changed.
But now summer has come to a close, and even though it has been busy and wonderful, it is time to be back at the easel in earnest. There are exhibitions and competitions coming up.
One upcoming exhibition that I was really happy and honoured to be invited to participate in , is the VIBE, CANADA show in LONDON, ENGLAND. This is the first time I have shown in a gallery in England, and I hope there will more opportunities.
Just completed one painting titled Miners Bay, and the scene is located about 10 km from Minden, Ontario. It is 24 by 36 inches, oil on canvas, and if you look very closely you will notice that most of it has been painted with a triple zero brush (my favourite).
Hope you like it.
I am getting very close to two other canvases being finished and will show them when done.
Bye for now,
Back to the easel !
I cannot believe how quickly summer is marching through the calendar, but I think I have filled every space that I can of each day.
June 21st. The group I exhibit with began an exhibition in Yorkville (Toronto) at the Hittite Gallery.This is the Southern Ontario Visual Artists third exhibition for the year, and we have one more for the SOVA group coming up in November.
July 15/2018 The Light/Space & Time gallery published the following..
Lynden Cowan – Artist Showcase Feature
Lynden Cowan is an Ontario, Canada based artist. Lynden creates representative landscape paintings. Lynden was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #9. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.
Lynden’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her landscape paintings in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.
Below are Lynden’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.
When I was eight, I created my own paints from berries, vegetables and other available compounds, and would use leftover pieces of wood that my father had as my canvas. A teacher gave me art supplies a couple of years later, and I was thrilled to have actual paints.
I am a self-taught artist, and my main medium is oil on canvas. As a fourteen year old, I started teaching, and at one point had over 80 students from age seven to seventy five, and this provided the funds for better quality art materials.
Over the years, I have spent a lot of time in the woods, and bogs as they fascinate me for the strong colours and beautiful subjects they provide. When I paint, I use for the most part, triple zero brushes, as they lend themselves to fine details.
Having spent my childhood summers in rural Nova Scotia, I was drawn into the wild landscape and adapted accessible materials from berries to crushed shells to translate the scenes surrounding me.
Throughout the years, my fascination and interest in nature has grown and I strive to envelope the viewer with the feeling of inclusion in the mood and transformation of visual presentation, to finished artwork. Her website is www.lyndencowan.com
They featured five works... Gully, Ucluelet, The Wetlands, Fiddleheads and Twisted Tree.
July 23/18 I headed to Todmorden to the PaperMill Gallery to deliver Fiddleheads that had been selected for the juried competition.
July 27th, 2018
On July 27th I was notified that I was selected as a finalist in the Artavita on line International gallery competition from " over 250 high quality artist entries". They selected Ucluelet, Fiddleheads and Gully, three artworks for their exhibition of 50 artworks in the final selection.. 😊
July 24th/2018 to July 31st
Flew to Prince Edward Island with my Alton Mill Arts Centre studio mate, Robert Chisholm to join our other studio mate, Charlene Nickels who was already down there. We spent the week subject hunting, painting, and feeding the horse flies. Charlene has a cottage in PEI so knows the island well. Of course we had seafood every day (lobster daily, including for breakfast on our final day). Up everyday working about 5:30 am , or a couple of times slept in until 6 am, and we fell into bed exhausted by 9pm.
Between the very hot temperatures and the horse flies, we really earned the material we collected for future canvases, and I am excited to start painting them.
July 31st, 2018
Flew home from PEI on July 31st and received this notification......
From Fusion Art "Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that one or more of your entries have been chosen for inclusion in the 3rd Annual Artist's Choice (August 2018) International Online Juried Art Exhibition. "
I had entered Gully, Ucluelet, Fiddleheads,Rattlingbrook Falls and Twisted Tree, and they selected Rattlingbrook Falls, Ucluelet and Twisted Tree, which I was happy with to have three of my artworks selected for the 140 displayed by Fusion.
Best in Show and 2nd to 5th runner up will be included in an exhibition in Palm Springs, Florida in February 2019.
August 1st, 2018
Just finished a 24 by 36 inch oil painting, titled Miners Bay.. This setting is about 30 yards into the brush in the area known as Miners Bay , 10 km south of Minden , Ontario.
Hope you like it. :)
Time to get back to the easel. If you find a moment to visit the Alton Mill Arts Centre , I hope you drop by to say hello.
Pleased to say that today , June 1st, I was notified that my painting "Gully", has again been selected for a different competition. This time it was juried into the Light/Space /Time 8th Annual "Landscapes " competition, and won a "Special Merit Award".
In the notification it stated....
The exhibition has been divided into two media categories. Painting & Other Media and Photography & Digital. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the media categories.
The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.
Special Merit Award Category – "These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category. Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers."
The gallery received 577 entries from 26 different countries from around the world, as well as from 29 different states.
Each competition that "Gully " has been entered in, have different high profile judges, so it really feels like an honour to be fortunate in being selected, in International Competitions.
Need to finish other pieces so I can be ready for more competitions. :)
Back to the easel....... :)
Above in the photo with the SOVA sign , you see me with my studio mates, Charlene Nickels on the left, Robert Chisholm in the middle, and myself.
I was notified this week that I was selected as one of the top 12 finalists ( apparently out of several hundred International entries) of the recent LIGHT SPACE TIME Online Gallery “Solo Art Series” #9 Art Competition.
Four of the 12 were selected to have a solo online exhibition, and I am with the remaining 8 that will be featured in the gallery's Artist Showcase Section.
The 8 Artist Showcases were awarded to the following artists and will be posted in the following order every 2 weeks starting on May 15, 2018;
Julia Michry 5/15,
Ilona Abou-Zolof 6/1,
Ramana Karkus 6/15,
Sheri Emerson 7/1,
Lynden Cowan 7/15,
Leif Sohlman 8/1,
Stephen Way 8/15
Julia Harwood 9/1
Here is a link to this section of the Light Space & Time website www.lightspacetime.art/artist-showcase
Quoted from the notification...
"The process of selecting 12 finalists from those who entered was extremely challenging. The high quality of submissions made creating the final rankings excruciating. You should be very proud of your achievement in making the finalists and ultimately into the Artist Showcase.
We are very excited about featuring your art on our website. In addition, we will also be featuring and promoting your art in 350 worldwide press releases and in our various social media networks for further exposure to the artist.
Thank you for your attention to these matters and again, congratulations!"
I feel very honoured and happy to have been selected. :)
Time to get back to the easel.
Art is Life,
Received notification and Congratulations that my painting titled “GULLY", was accepted for the Ontario Society of Artists 145th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. Out of 462 images, the jurors selected only 38 works in various media, including painting, photography and mixed media and 9 sculptures.
Exhibition Dates and Location
April 10 – May 4, 2018
John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
900 Bay Street (at Wellesley), Macdonald Block
Toronto, ON M7A 1C2
opening reception April 12 from 6 to 8pm.
This is quite an Honour and I am very happy to be fortunate in being selected.
Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th I will be participating in the Huttonville Craft and Antique Show , and taking limited edition giclee prints.
This show is actually at the David Suzuki Secondary School , 45 Daviselm Drive, in Brampton and runs from 10 am to 4:30 pm both days.
The giclee prints will be returning to the studio in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, the following week.
Back to the easel,
The SOVA exhibition is at the Etobicoke Civic Centre now until March 22nd..
Had a tv interview today at the Etobicoke Civic Centre by Fairchild Television about my art and about the Southern Ontario Visual Artists group for their "What's On" section. Apparently this segment will will be aired in March.
I am sharing a photo of a painting called Early's Farmhouse from 30 years ago. The original is owned by a collector in Victoria, British Columbia, and I came across the photo today when going through things in the studio. The house itself has long since disappeared, but it's nice to remember the Early family who used to own a Livestock Feed business (also long disappeared). Though the photo is in black and white, but the painting is not, you can see how I do detailed brick work now, starting to develop.
Back to the easel .
Cannot believe that the year has slipped to the end. So this week I was saddened to hear that Johnny Bower passed away on Boxing Day. I always thought of him as a very personable, sweet man. In 2005, I was selected to create a painting for Peel Regional Police to be presented to Johnny as he was their Honorary Police Chief. They had certain key elements they wanted in the painting, and the family sent private photos so they could surprise him at a banquet. I painted the background as a feeling of ice to tie all the elements together. Johnny, you will be missed.
September was quite busy. I joined with three other SOVA artists for a wonderful exhibition at the Art Square Gallery in Toronto with an opening reception during Nuit Blanche (the large Toronto Art Festival).
Had several successes this year. My painting "Gully" was completed, and was selected for the Colour and Form Society 65th Open Juried Exhibition.
It was wonderful that my second painting Twisted Tree was also selected for this exhibition. The Colour and Form Society even selected it for their invitation and program, as seen in the top left image.
As well, Fiddle Heads was selected for the ADC 2017 International Juried show, so it went to Cincinnatti, and I was also pleased that my painting Ucluelet, was selected for the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts juried show.
I am looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings. With the SOVA group we have several exhibitions planned for this year, starting with Etobicoke Civic Centre at the end of the month, and the Carrier Gallery in the Columbus Centre in the spring, as well as the Hittite Gallery in Yorkville.
Come and visit me in my studio in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, or drop me an email. I plan to keep building this site, but the old one was so out of date I needed to change over, even though there are more things to do.
Been a very busy year so far and I cannot believe we have slipped into the halfway point of 2017.
First off, I would like to remind you that I am involved with another website , that I feel you would really enjoy. It is www.southernontariovisualartists.com.
I recently finished a painting of a area found while hiking in the woods. The scene really captured my interest , because of the way the sunlight played across the plantlife and rocks.
The title of the painting is “Gully”, and at times when I was working on it, I had a small “critic” to supervise me. :)
"Gully" is a 24 by 30 inch oil on canvas painting.
SOVA has been involved in several shows. In April we were in the Holcim Gallery at the Milton Centre for the Arts, and right now all of the SOVA artists are in the Sisnett Lobby until Aug 19th, at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre, 9 Church St , Brampton.
Fellow SOVA artists setting up the exhibition in the Sisnett Lobby.
Here you see me beside my painting "Athabaska Falls".
At the moment I am working hard to complete new artwork. From Sept 25th to Oct 9th , I will be with three other SOVA artists exhibiting at the Art Square Gallery , 334 Dundas St. W, Toronto. Please note that this is during NUIT BLANCHE.
Hope you get a chance to visit with me in my studio.
Back to the easel now :)
It’s been such a long time since I found time to work on the website…been doing house renovations, spending lots of time in my studio in Alton Mill, been busy with shows AND proudly became a first time gramma Now life is a bit more back on track and I will try and update regularly.
I have different work that is progressing well and will show at a later date. I’m also working on the new website , which I hope everyone will enjoy.\
Recently I was involved in a show at the Etobicoke Civic Centre which ran from Nov 26th to January 11th, and was well received, with fellow SOVA artists .
Upcoming shows already booked are the Holcim Gallery in Milton in April, the Sisnette in the Halton Hills Cultural Centre June 12 to August 21, and the Art Square Gallery across from the Ontario Art Gallery in Toronto during Nuit Blanche.
This is my newest painting “Fiddleheads” done from a subject hunting trip in Nova Scotia. Hope you like it.
Pop by and visit me in studio 202 at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. Look forward to seeing you there.
Just returned a few days ago from a "subject hunting "trip to places such as Tobermory, Manitoulin Island (enjoyed staying with a close friend there one of those evenings), Agawa, Sault St Marie, and Mackinaw Island , with great places in between. Looking forward to working on the canvases from this trip.
Was notified today that the "Featured Artist" section for Artsy Shark was published today, and is being shared on Facebook,Twitter,Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon. They asked me to explain how I came to painting, and my background, so I hope people enjoy it. :)
Here is the link to the article: http://bit.ly/2bbSywJ
My newest painting "Ucluelet" will be in Alton Mill as one of the artworks I am showing in the SOVA ....Southern Ontario Visual Artists exhibition in the Headwaters Gallery from August 17th to September 11th, 2016.
Opening Reception - Sunday August 21 from 1 - 4pm.
The original painting is oil on canvas and is 24" by 30". When you see the painting in person, all the subtle hues come out at you, and you can "feel" the mist. Absolutely beautiful location on Vancouver Island.
Don't forget to check out the SOVA website. www.southernontariovisualartists.co
If you can't make it to the Opening Reception to meet the artists, you would be welcome to visit our studios.
Bye for now. Back to the easel :)
Met lots of interesting people recently visiting my studio in Alton Mill. Always nice to have visitors.
Just got notified that I have been selected to be one of the featured artists for Artsy Shark, very large on line magazine, with several thousand subscribers, a lot of them in North America, but also in Europe. Happy about that :)
I have a painting in the juried Colour and Form Society show on now at the PaperMill Gallery at Todmorden Mills .
Working hard on the paintings, as SOVA has an upcoming show in August at the Headwaters Gallery, in Alton Mill. Different pieces are on the go, and I hope to have at least three smaller ones completed by then. See our website, www.southernontariovisualartists.com
Right now the painting that is from Vancouver Island is starting to "close" in some areas. Still has a ways to go, but if you look at the detail, I am getting satisfied with some of the rock sections. Will be completed soon and is at the point where I need to start thinking of an appropriate title.
Hope you like how it is developing. See you in the studio :)
Bye for now.
Been a busy time, and I get to the studio in Alton Mill as much as possible. When it actually isn't possible, I cram in some painting time in my home studio, sometimes painting till very late at night.
I will be in the Colour and Form Society show next month on Pottery Road and will tell you more of that another time, but the latest bit of news is that my painting "The Wetlands" was selected by jury for the Federation of Canadian Artists International show. The Federation has been around since 1941, and exhibits in various galleries, but this particular show is June 1st to August 31st on line. They sell a lot of work from this show, and use their commission to make bursaries for deserving up and coming artists. :)
Just completed a large painting titled "Mackerel Sky", in reference to to the cloud formations that appear as "ribbing". They form in such a manner when there is unsettled weather, and the maritimers have a saying that goes with it.
Mackerel Sky, Mackerel Sky,Sometimes wet and sometimes dry.
This particular scene is from Beach Meadows (near Liverpool) Nova Scotia. In the background you can see a pair of Loons that frequent the area. The painting is being taken by a private collector, but giclee prints will be available soon.
The painting from Vancouver Island is now my primary piece for working on, and will be nearing completion soon, then offered for sale.
Hope you come visit me in the studio. :)